Weeklong Culinary Vacations/Day Tours/ Classes

If you want a full immersion into the Dolce Vita, join me on one of my weeklong culinary adventures. I have spent the past 30 years eating and drinking my way through Italy.

I have chosen three of my favorite places to share with you to start. Chianti, Sicily and Florence. I like to combine hands-on cooking classes with great meals, day trips and shopping. We will have a private guide to help us with the city tours and explore on our own for the rest of the time.

My programs are small, 6-8 people unless you form your own group of friends and family! I like to keep the trips special and not to travel like tourists, but to experience like locals. Each trip is a little different as I like to create special programs celebrating the seasons. I do have favorite places to go and things to do, but like to leave things open to make the trip special each time, letting me customize the week for the guests.

If a week is too long, I also offer private custom day trips and market tours. Below are the programs already planned for 2016


West Coast teaching tour- dates to be announced


1-4 Los Angeles IACP conference

10-16 Ecole Chocolate Master Program in Italy ( private session)


8-15 Kitchens of Chianti – open

16-23 Sicily ( private)

28-June 4 – Secrets of My Sicilian Kitchen- open


12-18 Kitchens of Chianti– open 

25-July 2  Chianti ( private)




9-17 Chianti ( private)

26-October 4  Slow Food Kansas City  Maremma tour


8-15 Private tour- Emilia Romagna

16-22 Private tour- Sicily

30-November 5 – Kitchens of Chianti ( open)


13-19   Secrets of My Sicilian Kitchen– (open)




  • Florence Market Tour

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    For those who would just like to spend a day exploring the secrets of the Tuscan Kitchen, I am offering special custom days in Florence. Spend a morning with me, tasting the best! We explore some of the tiny local shops with my favorite dishes, sweet...

    December 31, 2014 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2024 @ 4:00 pm
  • Custom Cooking Classes at Your Villa

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    The teaching space in Colle is closed, I will still be offering the private classes in your rental villa. I can create a market to table class, depending on where you are staying. Contact me for more details.     Email me for group prices...

    December 24, 2014 @ 11:00 am - December 24, 2024 @ 4:00 pm
  • Kitchens of Chianti


    This weeklong program balances cooking and touring in the fantastic wine region of Chianti. We will cook with my friends in their kitchens, some professional chefs, some working farms creating wonderful recipes. Three hands-on cooking classes and vis...

    May 1, 2015 - May 11, 2024
  • Divine Days

    Judy, the Diva, is taking the show on the road! Have your own private day Divina Day with the Diva—be it touring or a private class at your villa (includes cookbook and apron) or create your own personalized week by choosing the classes and tours t...

    December 15, 2014 - December 31, 2020
  • Secrets of My Sicilian Kitchen


    I lived in San Francisco on the Pacific Ocean. You can take the girl away from the sea, but you can’t take the sea away from the girl. Sicily is my new love. I began going about 8 years ago and trip after trip I fall more and more in love. It i...

    March 15, 2015 - March 21, 2016
  • Florence Food and Wine


    Join me for a Florence based 5 day program Florence was my hometown for over 20 years so I know it inside and out, it is always a pleasure to show you my favorite places around town. Florence is still an open air museum, artisan workshops are hidden...

    December 17, 2014 - December 31, 2015